Students come together for simulated birthing experience

creams permeated throughout a quiet corner of Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.

A frantic text was sent: “!!! STAT rapid response team to the SIM L+D STAT !!!”

By the time a pair of first-year physician assistant students rushed and scrubbed in to the labor and delivery simulation lab, a handful of junior nursing students were comforting a young woman named Alyssa, taking her vitals and prepping her for one of the most physically and emotionally draining experiences a woman can face.

Seven big pushes later, a 21-inch long, 5-pound, 8-ounce baby girl let out a reassuring scream as she was placed on a nearby warming table.

The birth was staged as part of an innovative interprofessional learning experience to prepare students from across health care-focused disciplines to learn to think quickly, work collaboratively and better understand each other’s roles in different health care situations.

Although the two physician assistant students knew a birth was imminent, they did not know exactly when it would happen and were on call. When the text came in, they rushed out of class and to the School of Nursing simulation lab.

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